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Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education (EPHE) Co-op

Patrick (EPHE) spent a work term as a park attendant with CRD Regional Parks.

Patrick (EPHE) spent a work term as a park attendant with CRD Regional Parks.


Put your learning in motion.

EPHE co-opEPHE Co-op is for students pursuing a:

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (optional co-op program)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Health Education (mandatory co-op program)
  • Master of Education in Coaching Studies
  • Master of Education

Wondering what it's like to be an EPHE co-op student? Check out our student stories!

Contact: Nancy Reed, Co-op Coordinator & Lindsay Cerilli, Co-op Assistant: 250-721-8390, ephecoop@uvic.ca
Office: McKinnon Building, room 112 (map)
Unit: School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education


Program information and how to apply

Overview

The EPHE Co-op and Career office administers several different co-op programs. You'll find more info about mandatory and optional programs in the tabs to the right.

Mandatory programs (you’re automatically enrolled)

  • Recreation and Health Education Co-op
  • Coaching Studies Co-op

Optional programs (you must apply to take part)

  • Kinesiology Co-op
  • Master of Education Co-op
  • Curriculum and Instruction Co-op
  • Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies Co-op

Mandatory programs

Choose your program to learn about typical career paths and co-op requirements.

Undergrad: Recreation and Health Education Co-op

Undergrad: Recreation and Health Education Co-op

If you’re accepted into UVic’s Recreation and Health Education program, you’ll be automatically enrolled in co-op. You’ll gain practical experience that will help you prepare to plan, implement, evaluation and supervise recreation, sport, fitness and health promotion policies and programs.

How many work terms will you complete?

You’ll complete four work terms to graduate with co-op designation.

Who will you work for?

As a recreation and health education student, you could work for:

  • municipal recreation departments
  • provincial ministries
  • rehabilitation centres
  • outdoor education centres
  • community schools
  • therapeutic programs
  • sport organizations
  • fitness and wellness programs
  • educational institutions
  • residences for seniors
  • residential and day camps for children and youth
  • many other leisure, rehabilitation, health, wellness and fitness organizations
What courses will you take?

Students in the RHED program undertake a core of academic courses, including:

  • Foundations of Leisure
  • Recreation Delivery Systems
  • Program Planning
  • Leadership Methods
  • Community and Population Health
  • Human Wellness and Potential
  • Prescription of Exercise
  • Public Administration

Grad: Coaching Studies Co-op

Grad: Coaching Studies Co-op

If you’re accepted into UVic’s Coaching Studies program, you’ll be required to complete two co-op work terms. These experiences will help you apply classroom concepts in the workplace, by coaching athletes and reflecting on what makes for "good" coaching behaviour. Here are the expecations for this co-op program.

How many work terms will you complete?

You’ll complete two work terms to graduate with co-op designation.

What courses will you take?

Students in the Coaching Studies program undertake a core of academic courses, including:

  • Skill Acquisition in Exercise Science
  • Physical and Health Education and Sport
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Coaching Studies and Effectiveness
  • Biomechanics, Skill Acquisition and Administration in Sport

Optional programs

Choose your program to learn about typical career paths and co-op requirements.

Undergrad: Kinesiology Co-op

Undergrad: Kinesiology Co-op

As a kinesiology student, you can apply to take part in the Kinesiology Co-op Program. You’ll alternate your academic studies with paid work experience related to:

  • physiological assessment of fitness and performance
  • prescription and management of exercise programs
  • psychological implications of physical activity across the lifespan
  • the fields of medicine and rehabilitation
How to apply

You can apply to Kinesiology Co-op before January 31 of your first year of study. For details, contact the Kinesiology Co-op program or stop by McKinnon 113 (map).

How many work terms will you complete?

You’ll need to complete three work terms to graduate with co-op designation. You can also choose to complete a fourth optional work term. 

Who will you work for?

As a kinesiology student, you could work for:

  • municipal recreation departments
  • provincial ministries
  • rehabilitation centres
  • outdoor education centres
  • community schools
  • therapeutic programs
  • sport organizations
  • fitness and wellness programs
  • educational institutions
  • residences for seniors
  • residential and day camps for children and youth

Grad: School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education Co-op

Grad: School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education Co-op

As a graduate student in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education (Leisure Service Administration, Kinesiology, or Physical Education) you can apply to take part in a co-op program. You'll alternate your academic studies with paid work experience related to your degree.

How to apply

Contact us to discuss how participation in co-op can add value to your learning. Also discuss with your academic supervisor your interest in the co-op program. If he or she agrees, we'll assist you with putting your learning in motion.

To qualify for co-op, you'll need to maintain a 5.0 GPA. You'll need to register for each work term using an Academic Record Change Notice.

How many work terms will you complete?
  • Master's students will complete two work terms
  • Doctoral students will complete three.
Who will you work for?

You can apply for co-op jobs available through government ministries responsible for education (K–12 and post-secondary), health, seniors and other groups; health promotion initiatives in related agencies; athletic and academic testing/training and other professional organizations.

You can also connect with your co-op coordinator to discuss possible funding for a job specific to your area of research, including co-op work terms related to your final project, thesis or dissertation.

If you're already working closely with a faculty member or industry partner on a joint endeavor that's contributing to your graduate research project, you may be able to count this as co-op work term. This arrangement would be at the discretion of your school or department through consultation with your co-op coordinator and graduate adviser.

Grad: Master of Education Co-op

Grad: Master of Education Co-op

As a Master of Education student, you can apply to take part in a co-op program. You’ll alternate your academic studies with paid work experience related to your degree.

How to apply

Speak with your academic supervisor about your interest in the co-op program. If he or she agrees, contact us and we’ll arrange a formal interview with you, your supervisor, and a co-op coordinator.

To qualify for co-op, you’ll need to maintain a 5.0 GPA. You’ll need to register for each work term using an Academic Record Change Notice.

How many work terms will you complete?

Master’s students will complete two work terms. Doctoral students will complete three.

Who will you work for?

You can apply for co-op jobs available through government ministries responsible for education (K-12 and post-secondary), as well as through school districts, adult education associations and professional organizations.

You can also connect with your co-op coordinator to arrange funding for a job specific to your area of research, including co-op work terms related to your final project, thesis or dissertation.

If you’re already working closely with a faculty member or industry partner on a joint endeavor that’s contributing to your graduate research project, you may be able to count this as co-op work term. This arrangement would be at the discretion of your school or department through consultation with your co-op coordinator and graduate adviser.

Grad: Curriculum and Instruction Co-op

Grad: Curriculum and Instruction Co-op

As a curriculum and instruction student, you can apply to take part in a co-op program. You’ll alternate your academic studies with paid work experience related to your degree.

How to apply

Talk to your academic supervisor about your interest in the co-op program. If he or she agrees, contact us and we’ll arrange a formal interview with you, your supervisor, and a co-op coordinator.

To qualify for co-op, you’ll need to maintain a 5.0 GPA. You’ll need to register for each work term using an Academic Record Change Notice.

How many work terms will you complete?

Master’s students will complete two work terms. Doctoral students will complete three.

Who will you work for?

You can apply for co-op jobs available through government ministries responsible for education (K-12 and post-secondary), as well as through school districts, adult education associations and professional organizations.

You can also connect with your co-op coordinator to arrange funding for a job specific to your area of research, including co-op work terms related to your final project, thesis or dissertation.

If you’re already working closely with a faculty member or industry partner on a joint endeavor that is contributing to your graduate research project, you may be able to count this as co-op work term. This arrangement would be at the discretion of your school or department through consultation with your co-op coordinator and graduate adviser.

Grad: Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies Co-op

Grad: Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies Co-op

As an educational psychology and leadership studies student, you can apply to take part in a co-op program. You’ll alternate your academic studies with paid work experience related to your degree.

How to apply

Speak with your academic supervisor about your interest in the co-op program. If he or she agrees, contact us and we’ll arrange a formal interview with you, your supervisor, and a co-op coordinator.

To qualify for co-op, you’ll need to maintain a 5.0 GPA. You’ll need to register for each work term using an Academic Record Change Notice.

How many work terms will you complete?

Master’s students will complete two work terms. Doctoral students will complete three.

Who will you work for?

You can apply for co-op jobs available through government ministries responsible for education (K-12 and post-secondary), as well as through school districts, adult education associations and professional organizations.

You can also connect with your co-op coordinator to arrange funding for a job specific to your area of research, including co-op work terms related to your final project, thesis or dissertation.

If you’re already working closely with a faculty member or industry partner on a joint endeavor that’s contributing to your graduate research project, you may be able to count this as co-op work term. This arrangement would be at the discretion of your school or department through consultation with your co-op coordinator and graduate adviser.

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